By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ― Confucius
At a first glance, knowledge and wisdom seem like seemingly identical notions and are often used interchangeably.
Upon a closer examination of what these words truly mean, their obvious differences become transparent. Let’s start by taking a look at their definitions:
Knowledge is defined as the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
Wisdom is defined as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
Using these definitions alone, it appears that one can have knowledge without wisdom- but not wisdom without knowledge. So, what does all of this mean?